Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with idiot dog owners who take their dogs out unleashed? For the past 2 nights, I've taken my dog out (leashed, obviously) for his walk, we've been charged at by dogs out freely, owned people who think it's perfectly acceptable to have their unleashed (and clearly untrained) dogs out in their front yards. In both instances, the dog owners have larger, fenced back yards, so it's not like there isn't a place for the pups to run around freely elsewhere. At least last night, the owner ran after her dog and was apologetic. Tonight was a different story--the guy did nothing. That dog chased us (but never got close enough for me to catch) and the owner just stood in the yard, lamely calling the dog's name. I hate it so much; I want to be able to walk my dog and not feel like I'm causing other dogs to run away and possibly get run down by one of the speed demons in the subdivision. Similarly, I'd rather not shout, "Hey, asshat, maybe look after your dog before I call Animal Control!"
And, for the record, neither of these two instances where situations where the dog got off the leash/out of the collar. That's happened to me and to other fellow dog-walkers in passing. When that does, we all work together to corral the errant pup.